April 13th, 2014
01:07 PM ET
4 days ago

GOP base includes racist 'elements,' congressman charges

(CNN) - Over 50 years after Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, the issue of race is back in the political headlines, after comments from Attorney General Eric Holder and events marking the anniversary of the law’s passage renewed the dialogue over race relations in the 21st century.

Rep. Steve Israel, D-New York, said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that "not all" of his GOP colleagues are racist but "the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism."

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April 8th, 2014
06:47 PM ET
1 week ago

Contempt and asparagus: Holder spars with Republicans

(CNN) - Contempt goes two ways between Attorney General Eric Holder and House Republicans.

Two years ago, House GOP members made Holder the first sitting Cabinet member to be sanctioned with Contempt of Congress, in a still ongoing dispute over documents related to a botched federal gun probe known as "Fast and Furious."

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Filed under: Eric Holder • House Republicans • Louie Gohmert
February 27th, 2014
12:21 PM ET
2 months ago

Attorney General Eric Holder hospitalized

(CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder was hospitalized Thursday after experiencing faintness and shortness of breath, the Justice Department said.

The hospitalization is a precautionary measure, and the attorney general is in "good condition," the department said.

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Holder says Congress should require companies to disclose data breaches
February 24th, 2014
06:26 AM ET
2 months ago

Holder says Congress should require companies to disclose data breaches

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder is calling on Congress to require companies to more quickly alert customers when their personal information is put at risk in cyberbreaches.

In a video message Monday, Holder says "a strong, national standard for quickly alerting consumers whose information may be compromised ... would empower the American people to protect themselves if they are at risk of identity theft. It would enable law enforcement to better investigate these crimes - and hold compromised entities accountable when they fail to keep sensitive information safe. "

Federal law currently doesn't offer any standard for companies to notify customers following breaches, though some states have notification laws. Many companies are wary that public notification will hurt their business.

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Filed under: Congress • cybersecurity • Eric Holder • Justice Department
February 21st, 2014
06:10 AM ET
2 months ago

Eric Holder becomes an activist attorney general

(CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder is spending his remaining time in office as an activist for civil rights and social justice issues, ranging from gay rights to changing sentencing laws for non-violent crimes.

If all goes as planned, it could help change his legacy.

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Rand Paul breaks bread with Holder after suing Obama administration
February 12th, 2014
06:55 PM ET
2 months ago

Rand Paul breaks bread with Holder after suing Obama administration

(CNN) - After suing President Barack Obama over government surveillance on Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul had lunch with Attorney General Eric Holder.

The Kentucky Republican and the nation’s top law enforcement officer discussed shared support for reforms to the criminal justice system, according to a Justice Department official.

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Filed under: Eric Holder • Rand Paul
Holder calls for restoring ex-cons' voting rights
February 11th, 2014
09:32 AM ET
2 months ago

Holder calls for restoring ex-cons' voting rights

Washington (CNN) - One of Washington's oddities of late is Attorney General Eric Holder's liberal social justice goals finding unity with the tea party movement's curb-big-government proposals led by Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee.

On Tuesday, the alliance is on display as Holder, for the first time as attorney general, calls for states to automatically restore voting rights to prisoners who are disenfranchised upon conviction. Paul, who supports voter ID laws Holder has sought to block, has pushed to overturn disenfranchisement laws that he says affect too many black men.
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Filed under: Eric Holder • Mike Lee • Rand Paul
U.S. expands legal benefits, services for same-sex marriages
February 10th, 2014
03:22 PM ET
2 months ago

U.S. expands legal benefits, services for same-sex marriages

(CNN) - In a major milestone for gay rights, the U.S. government on Monday expanded recognition of same-sex marriages in federal legal matters, including bankruptcies, prison visits and survivor benefits.

"It is the (Justice Department's) policy to recognize lawful same-sex marriages as broadly as possible, to ensure equal treatment for all members of society regardless of sexual orientation," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a memo to all employees.

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Filed under: Eric Holder • Same-sex marriage
Holder expands federal recognition of same-sex marriage
February 8th, 2014
02:11 PM ET
2 months ago

Holder expands federal recognition of same-sex marriage

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder says he is set to extend the federal government's recognition of same-sex marriages even in the 34 states that don't consider it legal.

CNN has obtained excerpts of a speech Holder will deliver at the Human Rights Campaign's New York City gala event Saturday night.

Holder plans to announce that the Justice Department will issue a memo Monday that recognizes same-sex marriages "to the greatest extent possible under the law."

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Filed under: Eric Holder • Same-sex marriage
Holder on Obama's pot comments: Any drug is 'potentially harmful'
January 29th, 2014
03:06 PM ET
3 months ago

Holder on Obama's pot comments: Any drug is 'potentially harmful'

(CNN) - The nation's chief law enforcement officer said Wednesday that any drug, including alcohol, "is potentially harmful." Attorney General Eric Holder comments follow an interview where the commander in chief appeared to express a more lenient view of smoking marijuana.

Holder was asked on Capitol Hill if he agreed with the President's sentiments on marijuana use, published in an interview with the New Yorker, where he said the smoking pot was actually less dangerous than alcohol "in terms of its impact on the individual consumer," and that overall, the drug didn't carry the social stigma that it did in the past

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Filed under: Eric Holder • Marijuana • President Obama
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